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Thanks to all who have read KOAR. Next year will be an exciting year. Kings will go  under a new 2009 facelift and expect to see new content with a twist. We will continue to cover music news, success stories, and new artists. KOAR will also continue to be a multi-platform for connecting artists to the industry while exposing acts to a larger audience.

We really believe this year could be the start of something big.  Tough times brings prosperity, change, and new ideas. Could a brave new world be ahead?

For instance, The Beatles were a by-product of a social revolution where many commentators refer as the 1960’s for greater individual freedom, breaking free of the social constraints of the previous age through extreme deviation from the norm.

Don’t we all try to deviate from the norm?

We will be traveling to Los Angeles and updates will be sporadic. Regular updates will resume January 15th. Until then, please send your new music to tips@kingsofar.com and remember, melody is king!

Happy New Year and Peace Be With You…..

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Are we living in an increasingly-splintered  music world? I think so. In fact, can you name a few trends that set apart 2008 from previous years? Nope.

This article titled The good, the bad, and the ugly spotted a few observations worth mentioning and we added a few thoughts of our own. Hopefully, you will find this information valuable.

1) iTunes became the Largest Retailer

Digital retail stores like iTunes are convenient as we can download songs directly to computer. No more driving to record stores. The bad news? No more albums. Billy Corgan of the Smashing Pumpkins hit the nail on the head when he recently said that he would no longer write albums since listening patterns have changed. Unfortunately, more acts are liable to focus on 3 minute sound bytes rather than pouring their emotions into an album.

2) Artists Blogging

I love this line. “In 2008, musicians took to blogging like they used to take to cocaine”. Today we have blogging overload, as artists are embracing the net and telling their life story. That means we no longer need an interviewer or a questioner. The good news? Artists can communicate with their fans directly. To illustrate, Axl Rose refused to do a single interview for Chinese Democracy, instead, he posted a rant on a fan website. The bad news? Music  and the art will suffer. I have witnessed to many artists focus on their blogging skills while they should have spent more time on their songwriting. Do you want to be a musician or a blogger?

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The Financial Times posted a column titled ‘Music industry looks to internet for revival‘ which talks about the possibility of major record labels creating their own video site.

Major music labels are faced with lack luster revenue streams via YouTube and are looking for new ways to expose their artists and generate revenue.  Labels are quite unhappy getting paid a few tenths of a cent for a streaming video on YouTube and apparently are looking at several options.

Music labels could end up partnering with Hulu, website that offers ad-supported streaming video of TV shows and movies from NBC and FOX.  It seems Hulu remains the most obvious option at this point. Supposedly, advertisers are more comfortable with Hulu’s professional content rather than YouTube’s amateur ‘anything goes’ content.

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Concert Business Posts Record Year: The concert business grossed just under $4 billion worldwide in 2008, the most ever for a year according to Billboard. Bon Jovi’s had the highest grossing tour making over 200 million dollars and drawing nearly 2.2 million fans.

Big Christmas Sales This Week: GNR’s Chinese Democracy sold 55,000 copies this week while Nickelback and Britney Spears are inching towards a million in sales for each of their new releases. AC/DC’s Wal-Mart release is near 2 million copies sold and Taylor Swift has 2 albums on the charts, Fearless sold 330,403 this week and her previous record sold 70,000 copies this week.

Music Labels To Create Video Sharing Site? Sources are saying that major music labels could do a better job creating their own video site ala YouTube. “Sony BMG, EMI, and Universal Music Group are in early talks about forming a joint venture similar in concept to Hulu, the increasingly popular TV-on-the-Web joint venture from News Corp and NBC Unviersal”.

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Don’t worry, we hope to deliver positive news and new artists in the new year but for now, meditate on this:  More than 10 million of the 13 million tracks available on the internet failed to find a single buyer last year.  In other words, a near 90% of digital tracks released in 2008 didn’t sell a copy.

” 80 per cent of all revenue came from around 52,000 tracks and only 173,000 albums were bought out of the 1.23 million available albums.”

This also poses a challenge to ‘The Long Tail Theory’ which suggests “that niche markets were the key to the future for internet sellers and was described as one of the most important economic models of the 21st century when it was spelt out by Chris Anderson in his book The Long Tail in 2006”. (Times Online)

Before you start crying, realize that most digital tracks released are nothing more than digital waste recorded on a mac computer.

Yes, people still purchase music, they just won’t purchase mediocre sound bytes which unfortunately far out numbers great product like Metallica’s  ‘Death Magnetic’.

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